Jonah Hauer-King Almost Drowned While Filming “The Little Mermaid”

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Jonah Hauer-King is our new crush. On May 26, the British actor made his highly anticipated debut as Prince Eric in Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.” Christopher Daniel Barnes originally played the iconic character in the 1989 animated film.

Initially, there were rumors that Harry Styles would play Prince Eric in the remake, but it was later revealed that he declined the offer. In an April 4 interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Rob Marshall explained the “As It Was” singer passed on the role due to him wanting to star in “darker” projects (which turned out to be “Don’t Worry Darling” and “My Policeman”). In the end, though, Hauer-King won over Marshall for the role of Prince Eric due to his “sweetness” and “deep passion,” as well as his natural chemistry with Halle Bailey, who plays Ariel.

Now that “The Little Mermaid” has finally hit theaters, we can’t imagine anyone else bringing Prince Eric to the big screen beside Hauer-King. In celebration of the film’s release, scroll through the slideshow to learn all about the star, including his early days as an indie musician and how he eventually became an actor.

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